9th Circuit Allows App Store 'Monopoly' Class Action against Apple to Proceed

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple lawsuit

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling, allowing a class action suit against Apple to proceed. The nonsense suit claims Apple holds an illegal monopoly over app sales for iOS. A lower court had ruled the class had no standing to sue, but the 9th Circuit’s ruling reverses the decision, allowing the case to proceed.

Some People Have Found Coins In Their MacBook [Update]

· Andrew Orr & Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

In today’s weird news, apparently some people have found coins hidden inside their MacBook, specifically the optical drive. Is this an engineering tradition of good luck? Or perhaps an error in manufacturing? We dive in to explore the explanations, and apply Occam’s Razor in a show of logic. Updated with comments from Kyle Wiens of iFixIt.

Apple's Product Vision May Be The Cause of Recent Departures

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Vision and roadmap.

There’s been some discussion recently about the father of Swift, Apple’s  Chris Lattner, leaving for Tesla. Why might this be? John Martellaro ponders the connections in his whimsical way and suspects that part of the issue is the Haskell language and Tesla’s interest in secure software. Another element may be that Apple’s product vision is faltering a bit when it comes to inspiring and retaining talent.

Faster, Easier Photo Editing with Luminar

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Luminar Tools

When I first saw the web page for Macphun’s new Luminar photo editor, I was skeptical of its claims… But, having used Luminar for several months now, I’m no longer skeptical. Luminar does indeed make image editing easier and more enjoyable; its interface does indeed adapt easily to different styles and skill levels; and, while this part is strictly subjective, I find it both responsive and beautiful.

Andy Grignon, Former iPhone Radio Engineer, on Building and Launching The First iPhone

· Dave Hamilton · Editorial

original iPhone in a hand

Andy Grignon worked on many things during his tenure as an engineer at Apple: iChat AV, iSight, Dashboard … and the radios inside the very first iPhoneAndy took to Facebook last night to offer some reflections on that last bit, 10 years after iPhone’s announcement, and has posted them publicly for all to see. We’ve included the text here in our full article just in case you don’t have a Facebook account, but both his post and the comments over there are worth a read. Andy’s a colorful, honest, and reflective cat. Needless to say also quite smart. Enjoy!

Education May be in Apple's DNA, But Not in Apple's Future

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Supercomputers, the internet and Artificial Intelligence (AI) agents are coming into full bloom. The future is evolving quickly away from GUI and touch-based methods to AI and voice control.  The implications for our personal computing experience are immense, and it all starts with the fundamentals of how we educate our children.

The Unspoken Limits of Apple's iPad Are Strangling its Evolution

· John Martellaro · Editorial

iPad Pro & pencil

Like the original 128K Mac, the iPad was conceived as a closed, simple appliance device needing little maintenance. But the original Mac evolved out of its childhood, flourished, and supplanted the Apple II. Today, the iPad is also being strangled by its early vision and limitations.  To supplant the Mac, the iPad has to become not just its equal but dramatically better. John explains.

How Apple Can Become a Media Giant in 2017

· Charlotte Henry · Columns & Opinions

4th gen Apple TV with Siri

In the coming 12 months, the worlds of technology and media will converge even closer than they have in 2016. Here’s what Apple needs to do to become a media giant and avoid being left behind for good. Charlotte Henry weighs in with her recommendations.

Backups on a Budget

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

OWC Drive dock

This week only! Dr. Mac’s tips for backing up your hard disk without breaking the bank!

 

My 3 Favorite iOS Apps From 2016

· Andrew Orr · Editorial

Andrew Orr's Three Favorite Apps from 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, it’s nice to look back and reflect upon the year. I’d like to share my three favorite apps that I’ve used this year, and why I liked them: Cryptomator, RNI Flashback, and Curiosity.

Apple Sued for Not Including Patented Technology in iPhone

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple with a big pile of money

Apple is being sued by a family after the tragic loss of their daughters. According to Patently Apple, James and Bethany Modisette have sued Apple for not including a patented technology on iPhones that could keep FaceTime from being used by a driver. Bryan Chaffin believes such lawsuits are philosophically repugnant.

Resolve to Back Up Your Mac in 2017

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

To add a backup disk (or a second disk), click Select Disk… in the Time Machine System Preferences pane.

“There are only two kinds of Mac users: Those who have lost data, and those who will.” Dr. Mac said it in his first book, Dr. Macintosh, in 1989 and has been saying it ever since… It’s sad that so many users still don’t start backing up until after they’ve lost irreplaceable files. What’s even sadder is that in 2016 (as in all previous years), one of the most common issues reported by friends and readers was a crashed hard or solid-state drive. This week, Dr. Mac explains how to prevent heartbreak when (not “if”) your drive dies…

macOS Sierra: Best Listener Yet

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Follow these steps to enable dictation in macOS Sierra's Keyboard System Preferences pane.

Dr. Mac says he’s been using his voice with hisMac more and more and guess what… He thinks macOS 10.12 Sierra may well be the best listener of all time.

How to Decipher Apple's Conflicting Messaging About Macs

· John Martellaro · Columns & Opinions

iMac and MacBook Pro

Mixed messages are coming out of Cupertino. On one hand, Apple failed to say the things it needed to say about the Mac during a recent Mac event. Now, Tim Cook said he’ll fix that. Meanwhile, the community has spoken with a loud and unmistakable voice that the Mac is not yet dead. Tim Cook seems to have gotten the message, but now we wait for products in 2017 to certify Apple’s change of heart. John analyzes the issues and conflicting messaging.

Apple's TV App Reveals its Plight with Television Industry

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

CW app on Apple TV doesn't require cable subscription

From time to time, we’ve seem articles that explain Apple’s plight with its TV business. But John has found a splendidly complete diagnosis at The Verge  for this week’s focus. It examines the deepest motivations of Apple, it’s clash with the entertainment industry, its successes and failures, and how that has, in turn, affected Apple TV software design and customer perceptions.

Great Gifts for Groovy Geeks:Part II

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Blue's Raspberry offers great sound in a portable package for macOS and iOS.

It’s Part II of Dr. Mac’s annual gift guide, with four more reasonably-priced gadgets that make perfect gifts for the geeks you love.

This List Proves Apple (Still) Hasn't Accomplished Much in 2016 [Update]

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Apple in 2016

Few people were thinking 2016 has been a great year for Apple, but…well, look at this list of things Apple released in 2016. There’s just 13 14 items on it, now that AirPods have shipped. That’s still depressing. Worse, Bryan Chaffin argues, it’s boring.

Ken Segall: What Has Apple Been Doing All These Years?

· Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Time in the Apple Trash

“That’s it? You could have done this one day after our last meeting. What have you been doing for the past two weeks?” That’s Steve Jobs after many presentations from his employees, according to Ken Segall, an ad exec who worked with Apple and Steve Jobs. In a blog post, Mr. Segall used that to succinctly and accurately (to me) capture the frustrations many Mac fans have about Apple.

A Fascinating, Realistic Glimpse: What Would Steve Jobs Have Done?

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Steve Jobs

It’s seldom convincing to pretend to know what Steve Jobs would have done in any situation were he alive today. We have general ideas, but invoking him as a cloak of authority is fraught with problems. On the other hand, when someone intimately familiar with Steve Jobs makes an astute observation, it’s worth a read. John Martellaro found one of those insights and highlights it.

The NHTSA May Have Required Apple to Open Up Its AI Research

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Autonomous car concept

Right after Apple revealed more of its plans to the U.S. Government regarding its autonomous car project, we learn that Apple is going to break with tradition and start publishing its AI research.  This is an interesting sequence of events.  John speculates on what may have been the cause of Apple’s more open approach.